An Introduction to Web Servers: Part 1

Once you have chosen an operating system, setup some basic security, and decided on a web-based control panel, you will need to decide what software you will run on your server. Some control panels will install your software for you, but it may be worth it to choose one that is right for your needs.

Web server software displays the HTML pages stored on a server. In addition, a web server may also process scripts, run additional processes, and connect to a database server. It is essentially the intermediary between your dedicated server and the Web. Without it, no one will ever see what you have on your server. That makes web servers one of the most crucial components of server, and choosing the right one is critical.

There are a few key factors to consider when selecting a web server:

1. Performance – speed, load averages, and memory consumption

2. Stability and security

3. Scalability

4. Features

Some web servers are fast and lightweight but may not provide as many features. Others may offer a wide range of features but may not scale well. The following are web servers that work well in most situations and have proven to be reliable for small and large websites. They all have the basic features one would expect, like support for virtual servers and SSL (secure socket layer), as well as static and dynamic web pages. Additionally, each has its unique features that make it ideal for specific types of websites.